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Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 46 Mp Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor
  • 3x Color Data in Each Pixel Layer
  • 45mm f/2.8 Equivalent Fixed Lens
  • 3.0" High Resolution LCD
  • 9x Diaphragm Blades
  • RAW + JPEG

For truly rich and detailed images, the DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera from Sigma employs three layers of vertically stacked receptors to take advantage of silicon's unique ability to absorb light at different depths. This allows the DP2 to more accurately reproduce colors, and capture sharper resolution images, than any camera the same size.

Its large 3.0" display allows you to better view these high quality images as you shoot them, and its ability to shoot RAW, JPEG, or both simultaneously gives you added flexibility when choosing which files to use in post-processing. You can efficiently shoot JPEG to share immediately, or use RAW to capture everything in a lossless and uncompressed file.

These three layers within the sensor combine to create a 46-megapixel image, at a resolution of 4800 x 3200 pixels. This makes it a great camera for anyone from a photography professional needing a smaller, yet high-quality camera, to hobbyists who want the same quality of the big DSLRs without any of the weight or complications.

The Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor uses an innovative pixel structure that uniquely captures all red, green, and blue (RGB) color information in each pixel location, with three layers, rather than the typical single layer of alternating colors. This provides accurately colored and incredibly detailed imagery, with greater three-dimensional depth--incorporating 46 effective megapixels (3 layers: 4,800 x 3,200) and 44 recording megapixels (3 layers: 4,704 x 3,136)
The dual TRUE II (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) image processing engine dedicated to Foveon X3 direct image sensors improves the processing speed and overall quality of your final image. By incorporating two TRUE II processors, the DP2's unique image-processing algorithm provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition images with rich tones and smooth gradients
The DP2 Merrill offers a 30mm F2.8 lens, which is the equivalent to a 45mm lens on a 35mm camera. The camera is compact, lightweight, and includes "F" Low Dispersion (FLD) glass to correct aberrations and Super Multi Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting
Manual Focus is available for use when autofocus or focus lock is not desired. It is possible to use the focus ring for focusing just like an SLR camera, but very unlike a compact digital camera. It is also possible to magnify the display to ensure even more precise focusing--when millimeters matter
Nine diaphragm blades provide excellent blurring effects to out-of-focus areas (bokeh) in photographs for a very pleasing aesthetic and style
Capture the fantastic clarity and quality of RAW data with its lossless compression, the universal compatibility of JPEG, or the convenience of JPEG + RAW--giving you the most creative freedom and flexibility possible out of every shot
SIGMA Photo Pro image processing software is available via a download from the Sigma website and converts RAW data quickly and easily. It renders the full, 46 megapixel data with ease, allowing you to view and edit enormously rich and detailed images from a relatively small device
Like a much larger DSLR, you'll get the benefit of a 3.0" TFT LCD to quickly change menu options, or review photos after they're taken
Languages supported on the LCD display include: English, Japanese, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, Russian, Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 48 Megapixel
Effective: 46 Megapixel
Sensor APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) CMOS
Bit Depth 12-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MJPEG
Max Resolution 46MP: 4800 x 3200
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Image Stabilization None
Optics
Lens 8 elements in 6 groups
EFL: 30 mm (35 mm equivalent: 45 mm)
Aperture: f/2.8
Zoom None
Focus Range Auto: 11.02" (28 cm) - Infinity
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Not Specified By Manufacturer
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Overcast, Shade
Self Timer 10 Sec, 2 Sec
Interval Recording Yes
Flash
Flash Modes None
Built-in Flash No
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Built-in Memory Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory Card Type SD (up to 4GB)
SDHC (up to 32GB)
Recording
Video Recording Yes
Resolution 640 x 480: 30 fps
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Optical
Screen 3.0" LCD Rear Screen (920,000 pixels)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 2.6 x 2.3" / 12.2 x 6.6 x 5.8 cm
Weight 11.6 oz / 329 g Without battery
Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
  • Lens Cap
  • Hot Shoe Cover
  • Camera Strap
  • 2 x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Packs
  • BC-41 Battery Charger
  • Charger Cable
  • USB Cable
  • AV Cable
  • Limited 1-Year North and South America Warranty Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
  • Limited 3-Year U.S.A. Extended Warranty Extension Against Manufacturing and Workmanship Defects.
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    SigmaDP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 29 reviews)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (16)
    • Easy to use (14)
    • Great resolution (14)
    • Good image quality (11)
    • Large clear LCD (7)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (24)
    • No viewfinder (9)
    • Poor in low light (8)
    • Lag / shutter delay (7)
    • No image stabilization (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Travel (14)
    • Wildlife (4)
    • Macro photography (3)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (14), Semi-pro photographer (11)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great for landscapes, still lifes.

    By soboyle

    from Berkshires, MA

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    As others have said, this camera belongs on a tripod with 2 second shutter delay. The images are better than my $3000 canon with $2000 L lens attached. Used within its limits, this camera produces the best image quality I have seen out of any camera. The B&W conversions made from the raw files from this camera are very good, also better than any other digital camera I have used. It's in a league of its own, and I look forward to what the quattro will be capable of

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    4.0

    I love it. I hate it.

    By R.KImball

    from Cottage Grove OR

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    I read all the reviews and did my research prior to buying this camera. I highly recomend doing the same to avoid disapointment. This is not a typical point and shoot and if you buy it as an everyday carry around camera you may be disapointed. Everything about horrid battery life is true, it has bad shutter lag, the rear screen is poor, the SPP software is slow and tedious, anything over ISO 400 is very noisy. Ocasionally i have been able to get some decent black and white shots at high iso but mostly the pictures just look like garbage. HOWEVER on a tripod, at base ISO with 2 sec shutter delay this camera can produce amazing results. When everything aligns just right and this camera is allowed to do what it does best the end result is hard to beat. Stunning image quality. I have an aresnal of canon gear and i would sell it all if Sigma could make a decent interchangeable lens camera with just a few more features than their SD1. I truly wish this camera was more versitle becaus i do love using it. At least for me handholding it just doesnt cut it, the shutter lag and lack of IS make blur free shots difficult. If it had a decent optical view finder you could brace against that would certainly help. If you shoot subjects that dont move and can use a tripod and want incredible DSLR beating image quality this may be the camera for you. If you want a daily walk around camera i would look elswhere. Oh yeah buy extra batteries!

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    5.0

    The King of Compact Image Quality

    By Miesling

    from Chicago

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • GREAT IQ
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice User Interface
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Architecture
    • Composed Street
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    Not only does this produce the best IQ I've seen from any compact camera, it rivals a lot of DSLRS and medium format cameras that are several times the price. It's not the fastest tool, but it suits my style perfectly. I primarily shoot architecture and more carefully set-up street work.

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    4.0

    Very good. No, amazing pictures!

    By Bjorn Hilmarsson

    from Iceland

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    This camera has no GPS and it can´t order a pizza for you. Some reviewer say that is a deal breaker for them. I say, why do you need a camera that can order a pizza for you. What about amazing pictures.

    I own a Canon 5D mark II. Very fine camera but the DP2 Merrill has better colors and higher resolution. There is almost something magical about the pictures from the DP2M.

    The camera is also very easy to use. Anyone can use it and take amazing pictures. I also own a Sony RX100. The DP2M is less complicated and easier to understand.

    If you want a camera that takes great pictures this is the camera for you.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
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    • No

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    4.0

    Happy Overall

    By Tropical

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    I've had the DP2 for 2 weeks now and have been shooting every day. As most of the reviews state, the best thing about it is the image quality. Images are sharp and the colors are great. Despite the negative reviews on the camera's autofocus, I'm able to get my shots. High ISO shot are a limitation. So far, I've been ok up to 800 though. And, using a tripod helps mitigate the problem. Battery life is also as short as other reviews have claimed. Last thing to mention would be the RAW files. They've thrown me out of my normal workflow with Lightroom. But, I'm also finding the RAW files very flexible which offsets my discomfort on workflow.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 8
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    • No

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    5.0

    Love it or leave it

    By LarryC

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Unique Color Fidelity

    Cons

    • No Viewfinder
    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    You'll love it if you love color fidelity and razor sharp images. You'll leave it if you're a snapshooter

    The Sigma DP2M is not for casual snap shooters – they will hate the lack of pre-configured shooting settings, the need to recharge the battery at every use, the larger than shirt pocket size, and the relatively slow focus needed to snap people on the move. The DP2M user should stabilize it on tripod or monopod, or against a door jam -- it has no image stabilizer. And most damning of all for the casual user; it has a fixed non-zoom lens.

    Why buy it?

    It produces the finest still images with the most nuanced color tones this side of medium format camera. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a consumer printer that does justice to these deep, richly colored images.

    It relatively compact and really quite simple to use. You just have to accept a slow focus, need for adequate light and very slow write times. But it will give you a handful of brilliant images every time you use it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
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    • No

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    5.0

    Best sensor Ive ever used

    By Yan

    from Miami, FL

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    The X3 system is really great, color depth is just amazing, such a great deal! The only two shorting comings are auto-focus and batter life, however advantages are much larger than shortcomings!

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    4.0

    Just plain beautiful pictures!!!

    By David

    from Colorado Springs, CO

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution

    Cons

    • No Build In Flash
    • No Viewfinder
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape
    • Still life
    • Travel
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    I've been doing photography for over 35 years, own several cameras (DSLRs, Mirrowless, and Point & Shoot) and can say that with all of its short comings this is my favorite camera, and will be the one I reach for daily. For someone who is used to working with SLRs and manually doing the camera's settings, this camera is easy to use. The menus are easy to work your way thru without even touching the book. Note: There is no auto setting, this is not a point & shoot camera.

    The camera is just a little slow on the focus, but not as bad as some make it out to be. Low light, not its strong point and you really need a tripod or a flash. But with either (or both) photos come out good with ISOs up to 800. Can't say anything about ISOs higher, but do believe the noise will be more then what I would call acceptable.

    Size, once again not a point & shoot, but can easily fit in a large jacket pocket. And its easily smaller then any of my DSLRs.

    Battery power, another weak point. My first battery lasted no more then 40 photos. But I was playing with each photo, reviewing them and checking all the settings and options the camera had. I'm hoping that with just taking photos my number will incease to closer to 100 or so, as other reviews stated.

    What makes this camera my favorite, the photos! They, for the most part are some of the sharpestand and best IQ I have seem since I stopped using film. And the colors are just beautiful!!!

    Much slower focus and operation then any DSLR, not really made for fast action such as sports. Does make a great landscape and even a fair portrait camera (even if the photos may be a little on the sharp side with lots of detail). And if you have the patience to learn the camera a good street one.

    A prefect camera, no, but a great little camera that is fun to use, without any question IMHO.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
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    • No

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    5.0

    Amazing detail in images

    By sunny mike

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    The combination of lens and sensor results in superb images.
    Custom white balance setup is very accurate.

    Buy more batteries since this camera uses a lot of power.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 9
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    • No

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    5.0

    The camera from a parallel universe

    By LurkingMan

    from San Jose CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Resolution

    Cons

    • Long write time
    • Poor Image Stabilization
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Or Art Shots

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    So much of what other cameras routinely do, it is abysmal at.

    1. No image stabilization
    2. 100 and 200 are the only satisfactory ISOs for color IMHO.
    3. Saving the picture after a shot is slow, probably because of the extra processing Foveon sensor data needs.
    4. Raw conversion works but is slow-- same reason.
    5. No live overexposure/underexposure warning and jerky LCD, again probably because of the extra processing needed. (There is overexposure warning when reviewing. This is the clue that shows the sensor data has been significantly massaged before being stored.)
    6. The camera comes with two batteries. They drain fast--they charge fast. Either get more batteries or a car charger.
    7. Does not do well with the sun in the frame: The flare is a particularly weird diamond pattern.
    8. One in-camera choice of aspect ratio-- 3:2

    ********* NONETHELESS **********
    When it succeeds, in its narrow niche of landscape or art shot in good light, it is so crushingly good that it earns five stars in spite of its list of flaws.
    1. Amazing detail.
    2. Smooth gradations in B/W
    3. Unique saturated color in highlights.
    4. Does a better job of rendering reflections in water and surface of water. It is hard to describe why I think it is better and it's a weirdly specific thing to be better at. Just go look at image samples and see if you see it too.

    Miscellaneous advice and encouragement.
    1. I wrote this review because in the weeks since I bought it, it has accounted for 10% of my total shorts and 40% of my favorites. hey, that could happen to you.
    2. I bought the Hoodman hoodloupe so I could see the LCD in the sunlight. It was either that or throw a towel over my head as if I was shooting a view camera.
    3. I actually use a tripod with this camera.
    4. The Luminous Landscape website has a long running thread "Merrill DP experiences" which is worth reading from beginning to end to see what you are getting into and to get the consensus on what's worth trying and what's not.
    5. The interface seemed clunky at first, but it works oddly well, probably because it has a short list of features to control. You can get to everything you need at shooting time through the QuickSet scheme. I was used to the setup in a half-day of practice. (The exact opposite of wandering through my OM-D's menu maze for a week.)
    6. Some people will buy this and will hate it, so check for it used. (Do not confuse it with the old DPs. )
    7. Do not get sucked into the meaningless mexgapixel debate. Not all pixels are created equal and who cares how many Bayer pixels equal one Foveon pixel. Just look at the images and see if you like them.

    Good hunting.

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    5.0

    One of the kind

    By WebSmeden®

    from Bjorko-Arholma, Sweden

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Resolution

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    I use the camera for landscape photography. It's unique resoloution abilty in both color and detail makes it possible to create photos that no other camera can. Sigmas RAW-converter is a tricky one to use but it's possible to take control over it and get what you want from it.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
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    • No

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    5.0

    Superb little black box

    By Fotographique

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Small / Compact
    • Superb Image Quality

    Cons

    • Lag / Shutter Delay
    • Poor in Low Light
    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Landscape
    • Non-moving Subjects
    • Still life

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    This little gem produces images that are superior to my Canon 5d Mark II and its sharpest lenses. Pixel peepers will be stunned at the clarity and definition of the images. I have never seen image quality like this from a small format digital system. Unless you own a medium format digital camera, you will be amazed. Files look more like film than any digital system I have ever used. The rendering is very unique and images have a crispness and clarity you have to see to believe. The quality of the stiched images is actually making me consider abandoning 4x5.

    Now for the cons. As noted, the camera is very slow to write images and slow to focus. You can't review your image until the camera has finished writing files. If you've taken 3 or 4 in a row, this can leave you waiting about a minute to see your files. This is also not a camera to use on anything that moves. You should use it as you would a medium or large format camera - on a tripod for carefully composed images. Turning off the camera after each shot, I'm getting about 100 shots per each battery (two are included). This is fine for the way I work as I would never leave home with 100 film backs, or 20 rolls of 120 film. This camera slows you down, which can be a good thing.

    When the exposure is perfect, images are amazing. When you miss, things aren't so good, color casts can be difficult to correct and look very different from what you're used to. The camera should be used at ISO 100 - 200 only. Things fall apart at 400. That's not to say you can't use the camera in low light. Quite the contrary. Images with long exposures will look beautiful providing you've given the sensor enough light at 100-200.

    For the most part, these files require very little processing. Generally, I apply a minor exposure adjustment, fill shadows (very minor), sharpen and then images are converted to TIFF and ready to go. For whatever reason, I don't find myself fussig endlessly with the files in Lightroom and Photoshop like I normally need to. They just look right as is.

    I find the Sigma Photo Pro software to be quite user friendly. I don't mind the extra step in workflow if it means getting images like this. Files sizes are huge. I purchased an extra external just to fit the images I've been shooting with it.

    The build quality of the camera is impressive. It's a dense little brick that feels good in your hands. Buttons are solid and have just the right amount of tension to them. The menus are wonderfully laid out and very easy to navigate.

    It's not for everyone, but was a perfect match for my needs.

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
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    • No

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    5.0

    I love this little camera

    By Sylvain

    from Montreal

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Resolution
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

    This camera have a lots of bugs like short battery life...but it give just amaizing picture quality. I care about picture quality and this camera deliver !!! high iso is not as good as my pentax k5iis. It is very good for monochrome. Focus speed is good enough and accuracy is dead on. The lens is very sharp and contrast is good...charper than my zeiss planar or any of my pentax limited prime. By the way the jpg are very good, the sigma software add some sharpness at default setting when using raw wich make it look like the raw are so much sharper..if shooting in jpg mode and exposing properly you can do minor post adjutment to get great results (almost as good as raw for me anyway.

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    • 10
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    5.0

    Take the plunge!

    By Keith Novak

    from Australia

    About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

          Without a doubt the most interesting digital camera I have ever owned. Not for everyone but if you value image quality in a package that really makes you think this is THE camera IMO.

          Bravo Sigma. :)

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          4.0

          Lovely Camera

          By Lainer

          from Arizona

          About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Resolution
          • Small / Compact
          • Superior Files

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Poor in Low Light
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Art Photography
          • Landscape
          • Non-moving Subjects
          • Portraits
          • Street
          • Travel

          Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

          The camera is very minimalist, and boxy. It's not a do-everything camera. It's not a point and shoot. It doesn't shoot sports. It's isn't pretty like the Fuji X series. It's not versatile like that camera either.

          It is basically stated in most forums and websites as wonderful on a tripod at ISO100-200 for landscapes, non-moving subjects and bright scenes. I would agree with this somewhat, but find that it isn't quite fair or even accurate. Yes, the camera can be a a pain. It isn't the first camera I would choose for low light shots as this camera can't perform like other brands. The files start to get really noisy, but that depends on how you photograph and the scene you photograph. Batteries don't last long. Buy more batteries. Think of this camera as an old manual film camera with Kodachrome in it. You would only photograph what the ISO film speed will allow. I can get wonderful shots out of this camera at ISO 400 and ISO 800, contrary to what the Sigma bashers proclaim. It's not easy to do, but it can be done. I've seen some Sigma owners get lovely color shots at ISO 1600. The reviewers state that this camera shouldn't be used handheld, and especially handheld at anything under 1/60th of a second. I've photographed my dog at 1/5th of a second (handheld), and due to my steadiness, the picture was very sharp. I use this camera handheld by the way, (don't have a tripod yet), something that isn't recommended by most of the people who have reviewed this camera. I disagree with them. I would like to use a tripod for landscapes, but I have no issues photographing any scene, a street scene or people with this camera...all handheld.

          It's an error to say this camera can only function on a tripod and at ISO 100-200. It sways customers away from purchasing this camera, even though they may love what this camera can produce. Many photo hobbbyists or pros who take the time to realize that this isn't a point and shoot, will get beautiful results if they realize that it isn't a do-everything camera like a D-SLR. You have to go back to the old school thinking of exposure, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO to get a beautiful shot. And when you do that, you will find this camera can produce the absolute most detailed shots of any APS-C or full frame sensor camera. It rivals and beats (in some cases) them all in clarity and detail. Heck, it rivals the Nikon D800e and even Phase One cameras. I've even seen comparisons to the Pentax 645N. So, yes, this camera has limitations, but not as bad as everyone states. You may get annoyed by those limitations. Look elsewhere then. This isn't the camera for you. There are many other cameras to choose from. Realize that you won't get wonderful pictures if you don't think of this like a view camera in your approach to photography. Slow down, take your time, really think the shot through, and you will have no problems. It's a fixed lens camera. Many people hate that as well. Pass on it then. The LCD smudges from fingerprints and can be easily scratched. Put an LCD protector on it. No image stabilization.

          Don't buy this if you are in a rush, shoot low light all the time and expect to photograph your kids on auto everything. Buy it if you are the type of person who takes their time and does landscapes, portraits, (The Sigma DP3M would have an edge for portraits), street photography, (architecture, well-thought out shots, not point and shoot). When you really get to know this camera, you work around its quirks and the results are just so amazing. It writes slow to the camera. That's annoying. But you can still use the camera to take pictures while it's doing this.

          The Sigma Pro Photo 5 software was a pain at first to use, but now I have it figured out. It's slow and clunky, but it gets the job done. I've heard people who say it crashes all the time, especially on a Macintosh. I have a Mac, and it hasn't crashed once. I think that's due to my working on one file at a time, taking my time, saving to Tif, then bringing it into Photoshop. It isn't the type of software where you do bulk files.

          With all of that said and done, I am the type of person who would have normally passed on this camera. I had just sold my Fuji X-E1 due to the slow AF and the issues with RAW conversions. (Still hasn't been resolved to my liking, though everyone seems to think it's perfect now. I disagree. I feel its' a major failing of this camera.) I loved the ergonomics of the Fuji, but so many misses with the focus. I tried the Sigma as a result of this frustration. At first I thought what everyone else thought about this camera. That is until I saw the results. I couldn't believe the detail and clarity. I was stunned by it. The dimension of the files reminds me of film, and the detail is crisp. Not smudged like every other digital camera produces when you zoom in on the file. It's not easy to get the results, but once you do, it's hard to go back to another camera. The only thing I loved about all of my other cameras was the versatility. But if the file is subpar, then depending on how important the subject matter is, dictates the camera I use. If it's for family occasions, I wouldn't use this camera. For subjects where I want every detail and beautiful colors, then I would use this camera.

          No camera is perfect. There is always something about each camera that annoys us. But I can't complain about the files this camera produces when used correctly. I've haven't been this excited about the quality of pictures in a long time. And in the end, isn't that what we are striving for, the perfect picture?

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          5.0

          It's a pocket Hasselblad.

          By Stephen.s1

          from So. CT

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                Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

                The Good:Fine resolution... details pop.Light and well-built.Easy to use, thanks to an easy to maneuver menu system. The Bad:High ISO shots are not it's forte.Battery life is not red-hot. Be sure you have at least two. Heavy shooting? Four are much better The Ugly?.. Nothing is really ugly. I bought it to shoot landscapes and panoramic views... It is perfect for those uses. Just be prepared to pop it on a tripod.

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                4.0

                Great Image quality.

                By SAW IT

                from Lompoc, CA

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                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • No Viewfinder
                • Poor in Low Light
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape
                • Travel

                Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

                Great for outdoor shots better lens than the DP1M that I bought first. Unfortunately I received this on Feburary 25th and a few days later B&H dropped the price $200.

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                4.0

                Best image quality for the money!

                By Alistair Henning

                from Edmonton, Canada

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel

                Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

                This camera is for people looking for the best possible image quality in a small package.

                The only compact that currently comes close in terms of IQ/resolution is the Sony RX1, which costs three times as much.

                In my direct experience, with the latest firmware this camera's focus speed is competitive with the current generation of mirrorless cameras.

                The one thing that really holds this camera back is battery life. On vacation taking photos throughout the day with this camera, I needed to change the battery at least once and often more than once. Fortunately, the batteries are small and it's now possible to buy generic extra batteries for relatively low prices.

                Also be aware that to get the most out of this camera you need to use RAW files. Currently, Sigma's Photo Pro software is the only option for processing these files. This program is not terrible, but working with it adds an extra step to one's post-production.

                Despite these limitations, many people (myself included) are addicted to this camera because it produces images like no other camera on the market, at any price.

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                5.0

                Landscape Shooters Rejoice

                By Tim

                from Hummelstown, PA

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                Pros

                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

                This camera sits next to a Canon 5D II in my bag and does not play second fiddle when it comes to landscape photography. It sings at ISO 100/200. Realize it's slow to clear it's buffer, but you can shoot 7 shots in a row before it's full. It is a MUCH more usable camera than the original DP1 that Sigma came out with before buying Foveon. It chews through batteries.....but you look at the results and any criticism just seems petty.

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                5.0

                Fantastic nature/landscape camera!

                By NeilVan

                from Beautiful BC, Canada

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Flora
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Sigma DP2 Merrill Compact Digital Camera:

                I am going to use this camera a LOT in the coming year and look forward to each and every image I capture with it. Get a nice L-plate for it, stick it on a GOOD tripod and the images will pop off your screen. Nice basic feature set makes it a joy to use and takes the gear out of the way. The battery life is poor in comparison to other current cameras but that is a minor problem. Batteries are relatively cheap and they are small.

                All that said, it's not for everyone. It takes patience to use this camera. It doesn't have all the wizz-bang features that a lot seem to like these days. It's a photographers tool, not a toy.

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